Join us in “Sweet Home Tallahassee” for the 47th Annual Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade on March 28th at 10:30 am
Come see over 100 colorful units and floats, marching bands, dance groups, Springtime Krewe floats and much more. The parade steps off on Monroe Street just south of the intersection of Monroe Street and Brevard Street and travels south on Monroe past the Florida Capitol ending at Madison Street. The first Springtime parade featured many costumes and only horse drawn units. Today, the parade still includes horse-drawn carriages to provide a bit of nostalgia; however, it also boosts elaborately clad characters and spectacular mechanical floats from all over the southeastern United States. Springtime Tallahassee is considered one of the biggest southeastern parades and craft shows, attracting over 70,000 spectators.
Meet the Grand Marshal
A Grand Marshal is a person honored as the ceremonial master of a parade or special event. Each year, Springtime Tallahassee puts a great deal of thought and consideration into the Master of Ceremonies to kick-off the Grand Parade. Past Springtime Grand Marshal’s have included local & state leaders, long-time media personalities, college football coaches, the founder of a very popular chain restaurant and even a Tallahassee native who has made it big in Hollywood.
We are pleased to announce our 2015 Grand Marshal is The Honorable Andrew D. Gillum. Andrew D. Gillum, a Florida A&M University graduate, former FAMU student government president and board trustee was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission February 2003. He was elected in August 2014 to serve a four-year term as Mayor for the City of Tallahassee. He has served lead roles for the Financial Viability; Long Range Planning; and, Innovation and Engagement Target Issue Committees as well as the Joint Planning Board for Human Services Partnership. Major community initiatives include Nims Middle School Digital Harmony, Landlord Tenant Mediation, Code Enforcement Amnesty, Palmer Munroe Teen Center, commercial utility deposit rebates, and seven-day guarantee permitting.
He’s the National Director of People For the American Way Foundation’s Youth Leadership Programs which includes the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network. YEO offers elected officials age 35 and under public policy support and leadership development training. Andrew is a Board Director for the Schott Foundation for Public Education and New World Foundation. He, his wife R. Jai, and their twins Jackson and Caroline, reside in Tallahassee, Florida.
Tallahassee Community College Capital City Band
Before the parade kicks off enjoy the tremendous talents of the Tallahassee Community College Capital City Band. 9:30 a.m. in front of the historic Capitol at the Capitol Reviewing Stands.